Fall Conference 2016

Looking at Leadership through the Humanities

Morning Breakout Sessions

Sat 05

Confucius Says, “Lead Them with Virtue”

November 5, 2016
11:00 am
- 12:15 pm
Led by: Daniel Gardner, Dwight W. Morrow Professor of History, Smith College. In premodern China, Japan, and Korea, Confucian teachings were akin to state orthodoxy. This orthodoxy held that the ruler and his officials were to govern the people paternalistically—not democratically, not representatively. Their right to rule was grounded in their cultivated goodness and wisdom, in their capacity to give the people moral guidance. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 05

Military Leadership and the Cost of War: From the Iliad to the Present Day

November 5, 2016
11:00 am
- 12:15 pm
The questions at the heart of the Iliad concern the challenges of military leadership. Caroline Alexander, translator of the critically acclaimed translation of the Iliad, and Elizabeth D. Samet, editor of Leadership: Essential Writings by Our Greatest Thinkers, will explore together the challenges of military leadership and the costs of war. (Registration required) Read More »
Sat 05

The Life of Moses

November 5, 2016
11:00 am
- 12:15 pm
Led by: Susan Ackerman, Preston H. Kelsey Professorship in Religion, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College. The life story of Moses, the leader who brought the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt, is hardly the sort of tale one would expect of a religious hero. He was ultimately a remarkably successful leader, and yet his was, in the end, a tragic story. This lecture explores this curious life story. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 05

Indira Gandhi and Benazir Bhutto: Women as Leaders in India and Pakistan

November 5, 2016
11:00 am
- 12:15 pm
Led by: Abigail McGowan, Associate Professor of History, University of Vermont. Focusing on the examples of Indira Gandhi (PM of India from 1966-77 and 1980-84) and Benazir Bhutto (PM of Pakistan from 1988-90 and 1993-96), we will explore both why countries in the region embraced women in powerful political roles so early, and how women’s leadership on the national stage did and did not reshape political life. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 05

Centuries of Struggles: Women Who Led the Way into American Politics

November 5, 2016
11:00 am
- 12:15 pm
Led by: Melanie Gustafson, Associate Professor of History, University of Vermont. It took women almost a century to win the vote, and the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment will be celebrated in 2020. This session will highlight some of the exciting moments of women's political struggles and explore the lives of the women leaders who brought about the suffrage victory. (Registration required.) Read More »